Religion may play more prominent role in America as baby boomers age

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  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    The graph "Religiosity by generation" shows that the percent unaffiliated with a religion remains quite constant over time, within a given cohort. Despite the single anecdote offered in this article, this graph shows that there is not much of a tendency of those who are unaffiliated to become affiliated with a religion as they age. In fact, among the Greatest and Silent generations, there has been a slight increase in the unaffiliated percent as time has gone by.

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Dec. 31, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    I have a sincere question: Does anyone know if atheists become prone to changing their views--that there is no God and no afterlife--and become somewhat 'spiritual' (not religious) as they age?

  • Jeff Temple City, CA
    Dec. 31, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    I am at least one person whose sense of reason will prevail: the article says that past polls make it possible to predict that religiosity increases with age. They do not predict that church affiliation necessarily increases with age.

    Some of the above comments confuse religiosity with church affiliation.

    America has always been one of the most truly religious countries in the Christian world. As immigration from non-Christian countries has increased our religious diversity, it has not decreased our overall religiosity. Over our history, as individuals and groups have splintered and reformed, our overall religiosity has apparently not declined very much.

    I am unabashedly LDS, but I believe that religiosity in general and organization around shared religious beliefs are good for the country. At the same time we were one of the most truly religious countries in the world, we also emerged as the strongest, freest, and wealthiest country in history. I believe there is a correlation between our religiosity, our religious diversity and tolerance, and our strength.

    I applaud that older, wiser Americans are more religious.

  • non believer PARK CITY, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    All of the polls and articles I have seen in the last ten years is that organized religion is losing members at very high rates. So for this article to state that religion is playing more of a roll is confusing? The information age has given people access to truth and inconsistancies that religion has kept quiet for many years. Looking at Faith and what the Bible has to offer, I have yet to see a church that would be fit for Jesus Christ! Free of strange rituals and bizarre beginnings!

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    Religion may play more prominent role in America?

    Heaven forbid!

  • ENDavis Lehi, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 1:20 a.m.

    "Based on the premise that people become more religious as they age,"
    The problem is that this premise is flawed. According to that graph on the left side of the page, midway down the article, the two oldest generations are actually getting LESS RELIGIOUS as they age - from 3 and 6% unaffiliated in the 1970s, to 5 and 8% unaffiliated in the 2000s, respectively.

    This article shows the example of ONE couple who went from being inactive in their faith, to returning to activity later in life. But what about the people who were fully believing members of a church throughout their life, and later left the religion. From what I have seen, there are more people leaving religion, than returning to it (including those of the aging generations). I think this article is completely useless, full of nonsense, and nothing more than religious propaganda to try and get more people in pews.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 8:01 p.m.

    Religion may or may not become more important as boomers age, but a lot of the boomers I know, like myself, are no longer subscribing to the idea that it only comes from a church. They're hungry for money and power in this world, and do not offer insight into goodness or morality beyonnd what is in our innate nature. God doesn't come with real estate and a monthly invoice.

  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    I think it's a mistake to assume that because "God is alive and well in America" that religions--the organized kind--are necessarily due for some big expansion, courtesy of the aging boomers.

    There's a solid demographic of Americans who are "spiritual but not religious." And from what I've read, we're growing steadily. This would include all the boomers who never turned away from a sense of God, but just couldn't accept the "one size fits all" doctrines of their former religions.

    We've discovered, and continue to discover, God from within and are open to all forms of spirituality which give us insights into that discovery.

    Above all, we can never accept that any particular religion has "the one and only Truth" about God.

    From what I've observed, many young people feel the same way. They don't want outside-in doctrine, they want inside-out discovery.

    Yes, I'm confident God will still be alive to most Americans in the years to come. But I doubt the majority of them will still experience God in the form today's religions present "Him" as.